[On Angel] I wanted to write a rock 'n' roll song. And so it started out being much sillier than it came out . It didn't end up being silly at all. It ended up being very serious actually. But when I started it I was just ~ I thought this is good for me since I write so many like intense, serious, dark songs that I wanted to write something that was up but...and it starts out that way and it is up but there is a definite eerieness that goes through that song that I didn't even know was there, until just the other night ~ when you were filming that.
~ Stevie Nicks, Tusk Documentary, 1980

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[On the line 'So I close my eyes softly/Till I become that part of the wind'] That's from uh, the story of Rhiannon... there's a man, in the story of Rhiannon and his name is Arawn... who is the great lord of darkness ~ who is the man who possesses the power to take or give life, but he only takes life... because of pain. And so I wrote something at some point... because Aaron is my father's name, and Aaron is also my brother's name. And Aaron is also my grandfather's name. So Arawn is many things to me.

And it says, 'So I close my eyes softly/Till I become that part of the wind that we all long for sometime.' And so Arawn touched the twins with his hand so that they would sleep. And in that sleep there will be no pain. And in that nonexistence of pain there will be happiness. Because it was only given with great love. And this was in a haunted song, and a charmed hour, and this was the angel... of my dreams.
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1979


[On what the definition of a "charmed hour" is] The best hour. The best of all your life....It always will remain in your memory and always ring through your dreams, and be there when any people hurt you or bring you down, or you suffer, maybe. That haunted song will be there for you, because that's the Birds of Rhiannon. And that's what that was written about, is the Three Birds of Rhiannon, which always are there if you need them. And you may black out ~ and that's what they do ~ they just take the pain from you, and you wake up and it's all right. And that's the haunted song of Rhiannon... you have to know the story.
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1979


Angel is a song that I love doing on stage because it makes me feel like an old-time dancehall girl. I love it. I love it.
~Stevie Nicks, Tusk Documentary, 1980


[On whether Angel is an example of her love for Fleetwood Mac] Oh yeah. 'I still look up.' That goes out on stage now. The uh 'I knew you would.' It's like, we all knew we would. Nobody questions that.
~Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd Innerview, 1979


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